Overpotential analysis of alkaline and acidic alcohol electrolysers and optimized membrane-electrode assemblies

TitleOverpotential analysis of alkaline and acidic alcohol electrolysers and optimized membrane-electrode assemblies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsF.M Sapountzi, V. di Palma, G. Zafeiropoulos, H. Penchev, M.A Verheijen, M. Creatore, F. Ublekov, V. Sinigersky, A W. Bik, M.N Tsampas, H.OA Fredriksson, J.W Niemantsverdriet
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume44
Issue21
Pagination10163-10173
Date Published04/2019
Abstract

Alcohol electrolysis using polymeric membrane electrolytes is a promising route for storing excess renewable energy in hydrogen, alternative to the thermodynamically limited water electrolysis. By properly choosing the ionic agent (i.e. H+ or OH) and the catalyst support, and by tuning the catalyst structure, we developed membrane-electrode-assemblies which are suitable for cost-effective and efficient alcohol electrolysis. Novel porous electrodes were prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) of Pt on a TiO2-Ti web of microfibers and were interfaced to polymeric membranes with either H+ or OH conductivity. Our results suggest that alcohol electrolysis is more efficient using OH conducting membranes under appropriate operation conditions (high pH in anolyte solution). ALD enables better catalyst utilization while it appears that the TiO2-Ti substrate is an ideal alternative to the conventional carbon-based diffusion layers, due to its open structure. Overall, by using our developmental anodes instead of commercial porous electrodes, the performance of the alcohol electrolyser (normalized per mass of Pt) can be increased up to ~30 times.

DOI10.1016/j.ijhydene.2019.02.205
Division

MaSF

Department

CEPEA

PID

add57380c809f09666243428989840ed

Alternate TitleInt. J. Hydrogen Energy

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